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15.05.2018 | Project Update

Emergency Aid in the DR Congo

Millions of people have had to flee their homes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Outside assistance is urgently needed. Welthungerhilfe is starting to provide emergency assistance in the hunger-threatened province of Ituri.

Das behelfsmäßig eingerichtete Flüchtlingscamp Mudjipela in der Stadt Bunia, DR Kongo.
Around 9,500 people are living in makeshift shelters in the Mudjipela IDP camp, Ituri Province, DR Congo. © Welthungerhilfe
Kerstin Bandsom Team Communications

War, violence and hunger are widespread. Years of continuous political crisis have brought extreme violence into the smallest villages and made normal day-to-day life impossible. Millions of people have fled their homes, losing their livelihoods in the process.

Many small farmers, who were previously self-sufficient through their farming, have not been able to tend their fields for nearly two years, as they fear for their lives. The situation across the country is dramatic: 7.7 million people go to bed hungry every day. 1.9 million children under five are severely malnourished.

Eentire Harvests are going to Waste

Till Wahnbeck überprüft Boden Linking humanitarian aid with development

After his visit to the DRC, Till Wahnbaeck points one of the great strengths of Welthungerhilfe: the NGO is unique in combining emergency aid with long-term thinking.

The vicious circle of flight and hunger is particularly acute in the province of Ituri. Since early March 2018, the renewed outbreak of violence in the area of Djugu, the “breadbasket” of the region, has exacerbated the security and humanitarian situation to a critical level.

So far 425,000 people have had to flee to the neighbouring regions of Irumu, Aru, Mahagi and the city of Bunia. They live in camps or with host families, and they have been cut off from their livelihoods. Fields are left untended and entire harvests are going to waste. The UN Refugee Agency is already describing it as a hunger crisis.

Welthungerhilfe starts emergency assistance in Ituri

Outside assistance is urgently needed. Welthungerhilfe is supporting the people of DR Congo. In addition to long-term projects to fight malnutrition, an emergency assistance project is currently starting in the province of Ituri. The top priority is access to drinking water and ensuring basic hygiene. Welthungerhilfe also distributes tarpaulins, blankets, metal containers, mosquito nets, seeds and tools to support the refugees and enable them to begin farming again.

The Democratic Republic of Congo urgently needs political stability. A country so rich in natural resources, water and fertile land would be well capable of supplying the needs of its population. The country must find a path to stability, to counter corruption, violence and poverty.

A group of refugee families in the makeshift Telega camp, Ituri Province, DR Congo. © Arjan Ottens
Welthungerhilfe in DR Congo
Last Update 18.05.2018

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